This Week in the Civil War - #1057
During his working vacation, President Abraham Lincoln remained quite busy, reviewing Union military units and strategizing at City Point, Virginia with Grant, Sherman, and Admiral Porter. Sherman had come from Goldsborough, North Carolina where his army was concentrated. For the better part of a day, Sherman provided a detailed account of his campaign through the Carolinas. On the following day, Tuesday, March 28, 1865, aboard the River Queen the generals detailed for the president their plans for a final campaign against the Confederacy. Sherman later claimed that Lincoln noted that, once the Confederates had been defeated, he intended to grant them rights as American citizens. Sherman would later base his liberal surrender terms for General Joseph Johnston on these conversations, even though the Federal government would disavowed what he promised.